In June of 2014, Susie fell and broke her back in 3 places. It took about 2 months for doctors to figure out why a seemingly healthy 6 year old could break her back so easily, finally suspecting Susie has a rare genetic bone disease. Although her activities were very limited, Susie’s doctors eventually told her parents swimming was the best exercise for her. With a long road ahead of her, including expensive treatments, her parents turned to financial assistance at the YMCA to enroll Susie in swimming lessons.
The family now comes during open swim and Susie’s parents even enjoy “nights off” while Susie comes to Parents’ Night Out. In the midst of doctors, bills and a diagnosis, “the Strong Communities has allowed the YMCA to be a refuge for our family,” says Susie’s parents.